Health Care and Social Services

HND Counselling


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The HND in Counselling course requires attendance of two days per week at college with two days per week in supervised practice.

The course will be delivered by practicing, experienced registered counsellors using a wide range of assessment methods including case studies, essays and reflective accounts.

Course Information

Successful completion of a full-time HNC in Counselling course.

Important note - successful candidates are required to:

  • Gain Student Membership of BACP prior to entering enrolment/joining the course and must be covered by an appropriate Indemnity Insurance policy. Personal therapy is recommended but not a mandatory requirement for candidates. Candidates must attend a minimum of 100 hours of practice placement and 400 taught hours to be eligible for progressing to BACP COP
  • Secure practice placement in a formal counselling setting prior to enrolment.

In addition they must demonstrate the potential for developing the following:

  • Self-awareness, maturity and stability
  • Ability to make use of and reflect upon life experience
  • Capacity to cope with the emotional demands of the course
  • Ability to cope with the intellectual and academic requirement
  • Ability to form a helping relationship
  • Ability to be self-critical and use both positive and negative feedback
  • Awareness of the nature of prejudice and oppression
  • Awareness of issues of difference and equality
  • Ability to recognise the need for personal and professional support
  • Competence in, or the aptitude to develop, generic professional skills, including:
    • literacy;
    • numeracy;
    • information technology;
    • administrative skills;
    • self-management skills;
    • communication;
    • interpersonal skills.

Some of the subjects you will study:

  • Counselling: Values and Principles of Practice
  • Counselling: Self Evaluation for Counsellors
  • Counselling: Supervised Practice
  • Counselling: Personal Development in a Counselling Skills Setting
  • Counselling: Research Skills
  • Counselling: Contemporary Humanistic Counselling Theory
  • Counselling: Psychopathology
  • Counselling: Professional Standards
  • Counselling: Graded Unit
  • Counselling: BACP Certificate of Proficiency

The HND provides the option for students to further their career to become a professional counsellor with a qualification that meets the BACP requirements for individual entry on to the professional register.

Learners may also progress on to BSc and/or MSc Masters Psychology and Counselling offered by universities across Scotland.

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